Anil Paranjape

Anil Paranjape WG05

Cleantech Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist, Restaurateur, Mentor
Anil Paranjape’s childhood in Pune, India, consisted mostly of utterly vegetative living and voracious reading, punctured by very brief and random spells of transitory brilliance in academics, culminating in a bachelor’s degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering. The next spell at the University of Texas, Austin, earned him an MS in biomedical engineering. Then hired by Intel, Anil worked on various aspects of many microprocessors from Pentium to Core i7, earning him many awards including the rare and highly coveted Intel Achievement Award, Intel’s highest award for technical excellence. After getting an MBA from Wharton in 2005, Anil moved to Intel Capital’s internal business incubator and finally took the entrepreneurial plunge himself, building a business in retail technology in India. By 2008, India had started calling. Anil left Intel, packed his bags and moved back to his hometown of Pune, where he is a cleantech entrepreneur, cleantech VC, restaurateur and a startup mentor all rolled into one. He also writes prose and poetry, rides motorcycles, supports fledgling Indian wineries and breweries, hikes, and plays with his daughter until she gets bored.
  • Selling is Believing

    A serial entrepreneur and engineer comes face to face with what it means to sell something and learns to appreciate just how hard it is.

  • The Sinister Side of Sachet Activism

    Activism in feel-good doses guarantees gratification, but undermines efforts at ensuring broader, more meaningful and incisive change.

  • How My Wife Became a Samsonite Fanatic

    How one unseen but dedicated employee can redefine how your company brand is viewed.

  • Selling True Experiences

    An “experience,” always an intangible proposition, never comes with a warranty.

  • Blocking off Your Own Escape Route

    When there’s no Plan B, entrepreneurs must learn to live with Plan A, which for some is the only plan they have or will ever need.

  • Pricing Mango Madness

    Why do people pay for fast food what they won’t pay for healthy "delicacies," and what does it say about consumer behavior?

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